Monday, September 7, 2015

Star Craving Mad by Elise A. Miller

What They Say.....Maddy Braverman, thirty and single, has taught first grade at an uber-elite private school in Greenwich Village for the past six years, a hip downtown school lauded as much for its progressive pedagogy as its privileged progeny̵and its multitude of sex-crazed staff̵including the headmaster, AKA the Head Molester. Angry at herself for not moving on, Maddy gets distracted from her pity party with a new student̵Lola Magdalena, daughter of A-list celebrities Nic and Shelby Seabolt̵a last-minute addition to her class roster. 

When tragedy strikes Lola, Maddy has the chance to meet with Nic in his TriBeCa apartment. Maddy’s sexy celebrity fantasies turn to reality, leaving her breathless and spellbound. But from her front-row vantage point, Maddy learns the hard way that celebrity is not all it seems, and gets dealt a devastating blow that could leave her jobless, loveless and alone. If she could just see things clearly she could save herself from going Star Craving Mad.

What I Say.....Okay, what can I say - I enjoyed reading this book.  But when I finished, I had to think about what I consider the difference between a 3 star and a 4 star book.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline.  I love to follow celebrity gossip, so I could completely identify with Maddy's starstruck reaction to huge celebrities invading her everyday life.

I liked James and the supporting characters.  I wish Maddy had been a little more engaging.  Which brings me to the difference between 3 and 4 stars - I liked Maddy, but I was a little put off by some of the language.  And I'm not a prude - but I guess I just don't want all the references to tampons being stuck and lost for weeks, or wondering if you are sitting in some other girl's juices on a chair.  Gross.  Unnecessary.  These type of descriptions didn't move the story forward at all, and made me not like Maddy as much.  

I thought Shelby trying to steal her children's book was a great twist to the story.  And I liked that it wasn't an easy fix.

So overall, I thought the story was a 4.  But some of the grossness took away from my overall enjoyment of the book, so I would give it 3 stars.

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